Student Contributor: J.Waleske
Timers come in many different styles and shapes, so they can be a fun and unique tool to use in the classroom. They are helpful for supporting kids in taking responsibility for their time management as they can set a timer for how much time they get before moving on.
Some of the many ways that timers can be used include giving students more responsibility and rather than guiding them though the day one at a time, you would give them a list of things with time limits where they can set their timers and move on to the next activity on their own. Another way that timers are used is with break areas, when students need a short break from class, they can go to Australia and set a timer which will tell them how long before they need to come back to the groups and begin participating again because they cannot stay there all day. One thing to keep in mind is to use timers wisely because sometimes setting a time limit can bring stress and anxiety on students because they feel as rushed. They shouldn’t be used on exams or assessments specifically.
Timers support students as they begin to think about time management and how they will complete tasks. They show students how much time is left and what a specific amount of time feels like. Time plays a big role in our responsibilities in daily life, getting student familiar with how to manage their time supports them as they begin to depend on time more and more. This tool is more guided towards the student direct theory of influence because it placed the majority of the load on student to get their work done and make sure that they are using their time wisely. However, I think that the teacher is the one who would be informing and students in some way whether it be a list or verbally spoken of what needs to be done and in what specific amount on time, especially in the earlier grades.
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Tool Source: Proud to be Primary